HAVANA TIMES – This week we wanted to draw about the controversy unleashed as a result of the most recent Yomil video clip. The popular street artist joined the demonstration in front of the Capitol on July 11th. Since then, he has been active on networks broadcasting his views on social and political issues.
In an interview he commented that the material in question addresses issues such as respect for diverse criteria and harmony among Cubans. Furthermore, it is a call against repression.
But what made some sectors of the ruling party shout in the sky was the use of the image of emblematic figures of Cuban history in the video. Some institutions, informational spaces and personalities even asked that Decree Law 35 be applied to the artist.
For some time now, it seems that the popular and the marginal sectors have lost their fear of criticizing and expressing themselves openly. An example of this are the divergent artists of popular dance music who expressed their disagreement with the repression in the days following July 11th and their support for respecting the rights of all. Obviously, this is the reason for the recent visits of the presidency in peripheral places, perhaps seeking to put the “confused” on track.
The situation leaves certain questions on the table: Can the image of the country’s heroes only be used to accompany the government discourse? Is an ideology the homeland? Should creation remain restricted to the spaces that the State approves? Do they expect to get different results with the same methods?
Wimar Verdecia Fuentes